Now you are officially part of the kids' party circuit. At this age birthday parties are more important to the parent – your baby doesn’t even know what the fuss is all about!
Don’t be too ambitious when you plan the party. Here are a few things you should keep in mind to ensure that it is a success:
- Don’t invite too many people. It is far too daunting for a baby and he may end up clinging to you all the time.
- Time it right – schedule the party for a time when your baby is well rested and fed.
- Put away all breakable and fragile items – with other children around, there is no way that you will be able to supervise them all the time.
- Get help. You also need time to interact with the guests and to make sure that the guest of honour has a good time. With so much going on, you will need someone who can run around serving guests and clearing away.
- Serve wholesome snacks that are safe for young children – don’t risk a child choking on nuts or popcorn.
- Don’t bother inviting a clown or magician – they may frighten your baby or his guests.
- Keep it brief – parties are exhausting for a baby (and you!). An hour will do.
- Provide a variety of toys and if you can, have more than one of each kind to avoid competition.
- A ball pond can be hired. It is always a hit with babies this age.
- Put drop sheets out – parties are messy affairs!